"When I come to Washington, I feel a great weight of oppression and wrongness at the terrible contrast between rhetoric and performance, the affluence and the suffering, and everyone going along with no one shouting," says the Reverend Daniel J. Berrigan, the Jesuit priest who has done his share of shouting in the last decade.
By the time of his release from prison in 1972, after serving two years and three months of a three-year sentence for burning draft records in Catonsville, Maryland, Berrigan was a hero to the left. Along with his brother Philip - also a priest until he married - Dan Berrigan gained notoriety as an articulate spokesman against America's involvement in Southeast Asia. But, as Berrigan notes, the end of the anti-war movement "was also the end of chic - when we get locked up now, there's a sigh of ennui."
Last month Berrigan spent a week at Georgetown University, as angry as ever, his stay capped by a demonstration at the Pentagon against nuclear weapons. He lives in New York where he works as an orderly on a hospital ward of terminally-ill cancer patients, teaches occasional radical literature classes and writes. His week of lectures at Georgetown was arranged by students, and he noticed some faculty seemed less than enthusiastic about his appraisal of their employer.
"In the Jesuits, and in academe, things can get in a foggy state," he says. "Nothing is ethically clear, I found that a lot here. There's no line drawn on money accepted or people hailed, and I really feel tainted by being at Georgetown."
His gripes: the presence of Henry Kissinger at the university and the millions the institution receives from Iran to educate some of its students.
"They say we're doing good with regard to the shah, that we're educating doctors and teachers who will do good in Tehran. If they'd done any homework they'd know the shah is destroying the intellectual class, teachers are jailed, there are more Iranian doctors in exile in New York than are in Tehran," says Berrigan in a soft, even voice. ("I do come on quietly," he says. "You learn a lot of patience in jail.")
In the fall of 1973 Berrigan delivered a harsh speech against Israel, citing cases of jailings without trails, torture and increasing militarization. "After that," Berrigan says, "everything descended on me. The liberal Jewish community said 'We supported you earlier and now you've turned on us' and I found that odious. They supported the whole of humanity if they supported anything. What I said is common knowledge now, but I remain essentially unforgiven."
Berrigan shrugs. At age 55, he's been failed about a dozen times and expects to be jailed many more. "In the end," says Berrigan, "the thing is to show some moral consistency".